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Water & Salt: Essentials For Life


This month we’re celebrating World Water day – the vital precious substance that is essential for life.  But did you know that salt is equally essential to life as is water?  In fact, water and salt work synergistically together to create a state of balanced health in your body. 

Water delivers nutrients to the cells and helps remove toxins and metabolic wastes from the cells. Salt’s main role in regulating water in the body is to keep a balance of enough water inside and outside the cells through osmotic retention.

Where Oryx Desert Salt begins: salt pan in the Kalahari


Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of "Your Body’s Many Cries for Water," describes it this way: “Basically, there are two oceans of water in the body: One ocean is held inside the cells of the body and the other ocean is held outside the cells. Good health depends on a delicate balance between the volumes of these two oceans.” Salt helps to create this balance.

Natural salt crystals contain all the minerals and trace elements needed for good health – for even the simplest process in our bodies requires salt – it’s the core essential nutrient that is fundamental to keeping us alive. Without salt, our brains couldn’t think nor could our muscles move.

The minerals found in natural salt crystals are available in such small particles that they can be absorbed easily by our cells. Unrefined salt is a vital source of life, helping to balance blood sugar, keeping bones strong, regulating metabolism, boosting the immune system and providing micro-nutrients and minerals in a form the body recognises and knows how to absorb. 


One way to help the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself is to drink Sole (pronounced so-lay) a mixture of mineral rich unprocessed salt and warm filtered water. The term Sole comes from the Latin sol, which means sun. Which seems appropriate since one of the effects of drinking Sole is increased energy!

So here’s what happens when you drink Sole:

Improved hydration: drinking too much plain water can dilute extracellular fluid which creates a stress response and the release of adrenaline.  Natural unrefined salt in water allows the body to better absorb and use the water you’re taking in instead of it just going straight through your body and being eliminated.

 Better digestion: natural salt stimulates hydrochloric acid and a protein-digesting enzyme, both of which help to break down food. Warm salt water also stimulates secretions in the intestinal tract and liver that help with digestion.

Improved Sleep: unrefined salt lowers stress, and stress is one of the main reasons for poor sleep. Drinking warm salt water an hour before bed can raise your oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps to create calmness and relaxation increasing your sense of well-being.

Some other benefits:

  • Improved energy
  • Reduced blood sugar
  • Healthy veins
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced muscle cramps
  • Reduced blood pressure


1. Fill a litre-size mason jar one-third full with unrefined, natural Oryx Desert salt.

2. Fill the jar with filtered water, leaving some space at the top.

3. Cover the solution with a plastic (not metal) storage cap.

4. Shake the jar and allow it to sit for 24 hours.

5. Check in 24 hours to see if all the salt crystals are dissolved, and if so, add a little more salt.

6. When no more salt can dissolve, it means the water is salt-saturated and the Sole is ready.

7. Store covered on a counter or in a cupboard. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of the Sole will make it last indefinitely.


Add half a teaspoon of Sole to a glass of filtered warm water each morning, before breakfast. If it tastes salty (like you would expect it to), then it is the right amount for you.

If it tastes too salty, dilute with plain, filtered water until it tastes just right. If it does not taste salty enough, add some more Sole. Just go with what tastes good to you — your body knows best! The amount you need may vary each day.

And that’s it.  Salt and water – the two essentials for life!

For more information on Sole visit: https://www.thealternativedaily.com/7-reasons-drink-warm-salt-water-every-morning/

Spot the iconic Oryx horns on restaurant tables and in retail stores nationwide. South African customers can find Oryx Desert Salt in premium Woolworths stores, Cape Union Mart, Pick ‘n Pay, Food Lovers Market, Dischem and Spar as well as most health shops and deli’s countrywide.

Also available in Whole Foods Market stores in the USA, Namibia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Germany, UK, Taiwan, Nigeria and launching in Australia next.
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